Tool’s Fear Inoculum — their first record in 13 years — has been a smash success. The band’s third consecutive No. 1 album in the U.S., it knocked Taylor Swift out of the top spot on the Billboard chart and racked up the best first week for a rock album in more than a year. Fans are stoked, but now that their decade-plus thirst has finally been satiated, what they really want to know is: How much longer till the next one?
Metal Hammer wondered the same and put the question to drummer Danny Carey. Asked what the future holds for the band, he was surprisingly positive about the idea of making Fear Inoculum’s follow-up sooner rather later. “My hope is we get in and knock out another record,” he said. “We have tons of material. It’s not going to take 12 years, or if it does, I’ll probably be so old I probably can’t pick up my sticks any more! But my hope is we’ll do another record and just keep moving forward.”
“There are no leftover Tool songs because of the process it takes to compose our songs,” the drummer added. “The way we hash it out in a room with all three or four of us, that there’s tons of riffs and jams and things. But there’s no put-together songs that are sitting in the eaves.
“It’ll take a process of doing it. And if we do do another album, it’ll take three years after touring. That’s just the way it is with our band.” Compared to the last wait, that would be nothing, of course!